Thesp joins 'Super 8' star Joel Courtney for 'Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn'

Having wrapped the final season of Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place,” star Jake T. Austin is in final negotiations to join “Super 8″ thesp Joel Courtney in “Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn.”

Austin will play Huck Finn, while Courtney, who never had a role before “Super 8,” will play Tom Sawyer, as Variety first reported.

Jo Kastner is directing and producing with Marcus Weinhart. Production is skedded to start in August in Bulgaria.

Austin, best known for starring alongside Emma Roberts in “Hotel For Dogs,” recently voiced one of the lead roles in 20th Century Fox’s animated hit “Rio.” Thesp will soon be seen amidst the ensemble of Garry Marshall’s rom-com “New Year’s Eve,” which Warner Bros. will release through its New Line Cinema banner on Dec. 9.

Austin is repped by Paradigm, Principato-Young Entertainment and CESD.

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